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      Hearing loss is a life-changing condition that affects someone you know in your family, friends or at work.

      A life-changing condition with a devastating effect

      Hearing loss is a life-changing condition that affects people 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is an invisible problem that can have a devastating effect on relationships, education, and job prospects.

      • Hearing loss is linked to isolation, depression, and cognitive decline.
      • People who are deaf or have hearing loss are more likely to be unemployed, denied opportunities at work or forced into early retirement.
      • Hearing loss can make the risk of developing dementia between two and five times more likely.
      • People with tinnitus are at a greater risk of suicide because of the unceasing noise in their head or ears.

      How hearing loss affects everyday life

      People with hearing loss face barriers in their everyday lives. They can find it difficult to differentiate between speech and other noise, so background music or poor acoustics in restaurants and bars make it hard to have a social life outside the home. Plus, a lack of deaf-aware staff can make shopping and accessing services a frustrating, or even humiliating, experience.

      It’s a growing problem

      Across the UK, 11 million people are affected by hearing loss including someone in your family, friends, your partner, or someone at work. As the population ages, more of us will be affected. By 2035, one fifth of us will be living with the condition.

      In the UK today:

      • 900,000 people have severe or profound hearing loss meaning they hear very little, or nothing at all
      • one in ten people suffers with tinnitus
      • four million people who need hearing aids don’t have them.

      To find out about the people around you who are affected by hearing loss, read their stories.

      We depend on your donations so we can continue our vital work. Donate now and help us support millions of people with hearing loss and tinnitus.

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      Help us make a difference today

      Please choose how much you would like to donate:

      £10 could pay for one hour of testing to improve cochlear implants.

      £20 could provide transport to and from a Hear to Meet befriending session for someone with mobility difficulties.

      £30 could pay for two hours of microscope use to study how blood flow to the inner ear is important for hearing.

      £60 could pay for half a day’s research into treatments and cures to bring the joy of sound to thousands of people.

      Your donation today could change lives by funding research into much-needed treatments and cures, and by providing emotional and practical support so no one affected by hearing loss need feel alone.

      For safety we only allow donations of up to £25,000 online. Please call us to complete your donation. We apologise for the inconvenience.

      Telephone: 01733 361199 Textphone: 01733 333 3333

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